PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of Xperia SP vs Nexus 4


Processing power and speed

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Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1


3D and 2D graphics

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GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

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Standby time and Battery capacity


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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

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Sony Xperia SP 

PhoneRocket recommends the Sony Xperia SP  based on its battery life.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of Xperia SP vs Nexus 4

geekbench Processor and memory performance

Xperia SP
Nexus 4
Interestingly, the Xperia SP scored more than the Xperia ZL on GeekBench 2.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

Xperia SP
1,098 ms
Nexus 4
1,971 ms
In HTML5 BrowserMark 2 and Vellamo tests, the Xperia SP did very well, once again likely due to the Chrome browser's most recent optimizations.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

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Nexus 4
Furthermore, thanks to its powerful processor, it’s able to maintain a lovely response with Chrome’s performance – so we can’t complain about it that much, since it works well for the occasion.
Nexus 4 | by PhoneArena (Nov, 2012)

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
13.2 fps
Nexus 4
15.4 fps
It does, however, feature an Adreno 320 GPU, the same found on the flagship Xperia Z, so we're expecting good performance when it comes to graphic-intensive activities like gaming.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Xperia SP
32.4 fps
Nexus 4
39.1 fps
We ran GLBenchmark off-screen, which means we're testing at a fixed resolution, which lets us test the raw GPU power.
Xperia SP | by GSM Arena (Apr, 2013)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Sony Xperia SP

Reasons to consider the
Sony Xperia SP

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Significantly better overall performance 2,105 vs 493 More than 4.2x better geekbench score
Faster web browser 2,263 vs 1,794 More than 25% better BrowserMark score
Is 4G Yes vs No Somewhat common; Supports the fastest, most reliable networks
Supports FM radio Yes vs No Somewhat common; Listen to music and news from local radio stations
Longer standby time 41,760 min vs 23,328 min Around 80% longer standby time
Faster processor 1.7 GHz vs 1.5 GHz Around 15% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
More battery capacity 2,370 mA·h vs 2,100 mA·h Around 15% more battery capacity
Better theoretical download speed 100 Mb/s vs 84 Mb/s Around 20% better theoretical download speed; enjoy lightning fast downloads on modern networks
Back view of Google Nexus 4

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Faster graphics 15.4 fps vs 13.2 fps More than 15% better GLBenchmark 2.7 score
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; each additional core lets your phone do more without visible UI slowdowns and jerkiness
Lighter 139 g vs 155 g More than 10% lighter
Store more stuff 16 GB vs 8 GB 2x more storage capacity; free yourself from memory cards
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; browse media-heavy webpages without slowing down
Thinner 9.1 mm vs 10 mm Around 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Xperia SP  vs Nexus 4 

For a device privileged to uphold the Nexus branding, we were expecting more from the quality of its 8-megapixel auto-focus camera.
Nexus 4

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Xperia SP  vs
Nexus 4 
Size 4.6" 4.7"
Resolution 1280 x 720 1280 x 768
Touchscreen Capacitive Capacitive
Multitouch Yes Yes
PPI 319 ppi 317 ppi


Clock speed 1.7 GHz 1.5 GHz
Number of cores Dual core Quad core
Internal storage 8 GB 16 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP 8 MP
Flash Yes Yes
Secondary camera 0.3 MP 1.3 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps


Generation 4G 3.5G
LTE (100 Mb/s)
GPRS (0.01 Mb/s)
HSUPA (5.76 Mb/s)
UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
EDGE (0.38 Mb/s)
HSPA+ (84 Mb/s)
HSDPA+ (42.2 Mb/s)
GSM (0.01 Mb/s)


Standby time 41,760 min 23,328 min
Capacity 2,370 mA·h 2,100 mA·h

form factor

Xperia SP  vs
Nexus 4 
Weight 155 g 139 g
Thickness 10 mm 9.1 mm
Size 67.1 x 130.6 x 10 mm 68.7 x 133.9 x 9.1 mm


Has an assisted GPS Yes Yes


Supports FM radio Yes No


Operating system Android 4.4 Android 4.4.4
Multitasking Yes Yes
App store Android Market Android Market
Adobe flash support No No
App store size 850,000 apps 850,000 apps


Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes Yes
Supports NFC Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
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